OK so a local Ladies Auxiliary VFW here had a sanctioned cook off through the IBCA for women. My wife has helped me before but never cooked any of the meats at a comp. She wanted to do this one and I thought it would be fun ti sit and watch one time. The only thing I was allowed to do was help start fires which she did not allow me to do. It was the 9th year of the event and most of the teams had cooked it all 9 years or had been cooking in other events as well. Six categories Open Meat, Sweets, Beans, Chicken, Ribs, and Brisket. This was a small cook off only about 15 teams (not sure looked more like 12 but heard someone say 15) but we had fun. Once they found out I was a Vet they the party started. We st up early on Friday they put us under a huge sugar gum tree. Her first category was sweets so she broke out the dutch oven Next was her open meat did a thread on this recipe last week when she did a practice run. Then it got late and she got all of her meat prepped for the next day and I went into the VFW hall and drank some beers. Next up was her Chicken. IMHO in the last few weeks she has passed me as a chicken cook. The chicken was awesome and the Head judge told her she really liked her chicken. After Chicken was ribs...as you know in BBQ sometime you do everything the same and things happen. These ribs were good but we both agree she had cooked better ones. Last up was brisket the one meat she had never practiced or cooked before yesterday. I talked her though it and I have to say it was good. She went to the awards ceremony she told me I just don't want to come in last place. Well She did not come in last place She took 1st for open meat, Second for Sweets, 3rd for Beans, 3rd for Chicken, 4th in Ribs, and 9th in Brisket. as you can see she was all smiles. She is in the black cap.. And she took home some some awards but more important the Ladies Axillary raised a bunch of money for there cause. I am proud of her and more important now I have found my lifetime team member and we can enjoy cooking together.